8:40

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Jack Horgan-Jones

Jack Horgan-Jones

Chief Reporter, The Sunday Business Post

8:45

Opening Address:
Key Issues for the Power Sector in Ireland

Bob Hanna

Bob Hanna

Chief Technical Advisor to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Ireland’s Energy Mix

9:00

Tomorrow’s energy scenarios

What will our grid look like in 2030?

Rosemary Steen

Rosemary Steen

Director of External Affairs, EirGrid

9:20

Designing the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme

The renewables industry in Ireland continues to offer greater potential for accelerating the decarbonisation of the energy system, but urgently needs clarity on policy signals to allow the necessary developments to get started. Following the consultation on the Design of a new RESS at the end of 2017, this session will provide a critical perspective on the latest developments in the scheme design, including drawing on experience of similar design choices and resulting implications in other markets. The session will also assess how the continuing rapid decline of various technology costs will affect the implementation and impact of any new scheme.

Andy Kelly

Andy Kelly

Principal Consultant, Poyry

9:40

Case Study: FDI and Ireland’s Data Market

Frank Conlon

Frank Conlon

Divisional Manager, IDA

10:00

Q&A with speakers

10:10

Morning Break

10:35

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the right energy mix for Ireland’s future

This panel will debate what is the right mix of energy to power Ireland so that we can realise our potential to be a low-carbon, inclusive, competitive and secure energy society. This promises to be a lively session!

Dr. David Connolly

Dr. David Connolly

Head of Policy, Irish Wind Energy Association

John O’Connor

John O’Connor

General Manager, Tynagh Energy

Peter Kavanagh

Peter Kavanagh

Chief Executive, Highfield Energy

Denis O’Leary

Denis O’Leary

Head of Smart Energy, ESB

Heating: Policy and the Heat Initiative

11:15

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat Opportunities for Sustainable Bioenergy Development in Ireland

The recent announcement on the SSRH is a very welcome development for the bioenergy sector in Ireland, one that has been stagnant for almost 5 years since 2013. There will be new opportunities now to stimulate growth for businesses in the biomass supply side and indeed for the biomass technology provider of which we have many as members of the Irish Bioenergy Association. As well as helping to meet the EU heat targets of 12% (currently 6.8%) by 2020 it will play a role in reducing potential fines come 2020. This session will present how the tiered rates are going to work and what opportunities exist for industry to make the switch to greener heat and power using biomass.

Dr. Ger Devlin

Dr. Ger Devlin

CEO, Irish BioEnergy Association

Next Generation Grid

11:35

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Shaping the future of electricity

Grid modernization efforts around the world are dealing with multiple issues – maintaining reliability and resiliency while integrating higher and higher levels of renewables and distributed resources; providing a platform for engaging customers and helping them to optimize their overall energy use; and facilitating the electrification of transportation and heat. All of this is also requiring integration with new communications infrastructures and new approaches to grid management and planning. International cooperation is helping to pave the way for these sweeping changes.

Mark McGranaghan

Mark McGranaghan

Vice President, EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), USA

12:05

Fair, open and transparent energy futures – the integrated grid

Jonathan Sandham

Jonathan Sandham

Head of Smart Networks, ESB Networks

12:30

Q&A with speakers

12:40

Lunch and Networking

1:30

Welcome back from the afternoon Chair

Dara Lynott

Dara Lynott

CEO, EAI (Electricity Association of Ireland)

1:35

INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: The Digital transformation of utilities – the new paradigm in grid management: Cybersecurity and other challenges

The digitalisation of utilities promises to optimize the supply and demand of electric power, manage the increasing number of renewable sources of energy and micro grids and offer efficiency improvements for consumers. Furthermore, the large volumes of data generated, combined with predictive analytics, will offer utilities the possibility to transition from a reactive to a proactive mode of asset management. Such a far-reaching digital transformation comes with many challenges for critical infrastructures, with cybersecurity near the top of the list. The widespread connection of distributed energy resources will drastically increase the attack surfaces, which will expose utilities to new attack vectors. Other issues such as the deployment of intelligent networks, interoperability between legacy systems and new Internet of Things devices, convergence between information and operational technology (IT/OT), equipment standardisation, compliance, etc. all need to be addressed before the real benefits of the digital transformation can be measured. Are you up for it?

Gaétan Houle

Gaétan Houle

Principal Security Architect, SNC Lavalin, Canada

1:55

INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: Demand-side flexibility in Europe

The session will look into market conditions, best practice and trends for Explicit and Implicit Demand Response in European countries today. A particular focus will be put on the regulatory changes expected from the European Clean Energy Legislative Package and how this will affect business opportunities in smart energy solutions.

Dr Paul Troughton

Dr Paul Troughton

Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for EnerNOC, an Enel Group company

2:20

Panel Discussion: The recent re-profiling of Ireland’s Smart Metering Programme and it’s likely effects on industry

Our panel of expert speakers will discuss the prospect for the CER’s revised metering programme to be rolled-out and fully implemented within the allocated time frame. When will suppliers be able to use Smart Metering as a means to offer new products and services to customers? What is the future for demand response and where are the opportunities for SME’s. Our panellists will also discuss possible future models required to finance grids as the scale of distributed generation and energy storage increases as the current remuneration model (revenues related to energy flows) comes under increasing strain…

John Byrne

John Byrne

Smart Meter Programme Manager, ESB Networks

Gerard Harnett

Gerard Harnett

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bord Gais Energy

Laura Brien

Laura Brien

Director, Energy Markets, Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Market Innovations

3:00

An update on I-SEM

The Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) is a new wholesale electricity market arrangement for Ireland and Northern Ireland. The new market arrangements are designed to integrate the all-island electricity market with European electricity markets, enabling the free flow of energy across borders. The Internal Energy Market (IEM) for electricity and gas is one of the key pillars for the European single market. Free trade across borders and non-discrimination between internal and cross-border transactions are the foundations of the single market. To enable cross-border trade across the IEM, each coupled market implements its own rules based on a standard ex ante trading arrangement. This is achieved by adopting the EU Target Model, which is the blueprint for market integration across the IEM, including the I-SEM. This presentation will inform delegates where we are in terms of our May 2018 to go-live. What’s the extent of our market participant readiness? Has a capacity mechanism has been approved (with or without amendments) and been put in place with first Auctions held.- if not then what (ISEM falls)? If yes, what have the auction results shown?

John MacNamara

John MacNamara

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Bord Na Móna PowerGen

3:20

Energy storage options for Ireland

Low and zero carbon forms of energy such as wind and solar are inherently variable in nature, and increasing their contribution leads to challenges in reliably meeting demand (which is also variable) and managing costs. Energy storage is a key enabler for the transition to a truly low carbon energy system. There are a great many storage options available – batteries, fly wheels, hydrogen and thermal energy to name but a few – all of which can play an important role in better system management and security of supply. This talk will discuss the application of the most common storage technologies, and introduce some that are less well known, but may have real potential in future.

Professor Tony Day

Professor Tony Day

Executive Director, International Energy Research Centre (IERC)

3:40

Q&A with speakers

3:50

Conference close